The School Day, our Aims and the Curriculum Overview

Our School Day
The  school day officially starts at 8.45am - although staff are on duty from 8.35am to receive the children.
The day ends at 3.15pm for KS2 3.20 for KS1, a staggered end, to help with any possible congestion on the playground and local roads.
This equates to 32 hours and 30 minutes per week in KS2 and 32 hours 55 minutes in KS1 (although they have an afternoon break).
Please find below our aims, school organisation details and our curriculum overview, more details of the  
Our Aims for Your Children

We aim to achieve the school’s Mission by working towards the following goals for all the children in our care. (Not in order of priority)

  1. To encourage them in the achievement of the highest standards in all curriculum area.
  2. To promote their spiritual, moral, cultural, intellectual and physical development.
  3. To develop lively enquiring minds leading to an understanding of the world and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations.
  4. To provide skills that will enable them to continue learning throughout their lives.
  5. To inculcate within them a love of learning.
  6. To develop within them a sense of self-respect, the capacity to live as independent, self motivated individuals and the ability to function as contributing members of cooperating groups.
  7. To develop their self discipline, their ability to accept responsibility for their own actions and the realisation that orderly behaviour is essential for effective learning.
  8. To help them differentiate between right and wrong thereby developing the character to resist wrong doing and injustice.
  9. To ensure they are aware of and feel responsibility for their environment.
  10. To establish the Catholic Faith as a firm basis upon which their spiritual, moral and social relationships can develop.
Quality First Teaching 

In order to provide Good and Outstanding teaching for all of our pupils, in each and every lesson there will be:

Clear Learning Objectives

Success Criteria will be shared or will be developed with the pupils. It is vital that all pupils understand what their learning must look like in order for them to be successful.

The Success Criteria will be referred to throughout the lesson in order for the class teacher to re-shape the lesson and to intervene with specific groups or individual children, if required.

All pupils will know why they are learning a specific skill and how this new skill will be used in future lessons.

Important vocabulary is shared and referred to.

Independent tasks are differentiated in order to support less able pupils and to challenge more able pupils.

In the Plenary, the pupils’ work is measured against the Success Criteria.

Comments in the children’s books are used to move pupils forward in their learning. All pupils are expected to respond and act upon the teacher’s comments and questions.

Enquiry-based learning approaches are used to develop children’s thinking and understanding.

Organisation of Our School

The school is a Primary School and accepts children from the September following their fourth birthday, until the age of eleven. Most of the learning is under the control of the class teacher who is with the children every day. We have additional support staff who work with the classes and with small groups, giving children opportunities for additional individual teacher attention. The classes are numbered according to the National Curriculum year group.
Foundation Stage Key Stage I (Infants) Key Stage 2 (Juniors)
Foundation Year 4 – 5 Years Year 1      5 – 6 Years Year 3      7 – 8 Years
  Year 2      6 – 7 Years Year 4      8 – 9 Years
    Year 5     9 – 10 Years
    Year 6     10- 11 Years
Teachers regularly assess and report upon pupil progress in all subject areas, with a particular focus on English and Maths. We hold two parent consultation evenings each year to discuss progress and achievements and provide ongoing next step target cards for them to assist their children’s learning. We provide a written report at the end of the academic year. Assessments take the form of formal, summative assessments such as non-statutory national curriculum tests and also teacher assessments which are carried out regularly throughout the year. However, the most important aspect of our communication policy is our ‘Open Door’ ethos. This ensures that staff and parents are in constant contact and can act quickly should there be any issues.